Rights groups slam Houthis’ death sentence against journalists

Rights groups slam Houthis’ death sentence against journalists

 

Alsahwa Net- Several Yemeni human rights groups criticized on Saturday a death sentence ruled by a Houthis-tun court against four Yemeni journalists.

The Specialized Criminal Court, a Houthis-run court in Sana’a ruled on Saturday detained journalists: Abdulakhleq Amran, Akram Al-Waleedi, Hareth Humaid and Tawifq Al-Mansouri to death in absence of their defense lawyer, the Yemeni Journalist Syndicate (YJS) said in a statement.

The sentenced journalists were among a group of ten journalists who were abducted in 2015 by the Houthis-affiliated security forces in Sana’a.

The court ruled release of the other six journalists after nearly six-year imprisonment has been served.

However, the court said that the released journalists to be under the police watch for three years.

“The YJS rejects this unfair ruling which abuses the freedom of opinion and expression.,” the YJS said.

It said that the ruling is a gesture of persecution continuation against the detained journalists.

It reported that the ten journalists have been vulnerable to abduction, enforced disappearance, torture and harsh detention conditions.

It indicated that the detained journalists were deprived from rights to medication and banned from visitation.

 

“Faced by this injustice, the YJS calls on all organizations concerned with the freedom of expression …… to reject this unfair sentence, exercise pressures to revoke it and exert more efforts for release of the journalists and end of their sufferings,” the YJS said.

For its part, Sam Organization for Rights and Liberties strongly criticized the death ruling and said that the it requires swift action by the international community.

“The death ruling affirms that the Houthis militia use the judiciary authority for political maneuvering against its opponents,” Sam organization said.

It affirmed that the trial lacked minimum legal and human rights standards.

It indicated that the journalists were exposed to various forms of torture to force them make confessions of their charges.

It called on the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths to save lives of the detained journalists who are vulnerably to continued arbitrary detention and unfair rulings.

The Press Freedom Watch in Yemen said that the ruling is an obvious sign of the judiciary politicization and continuation of the persecution against the press freedom.

 

 

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